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BJP sets target of 35 seats in Bihar for 2024 Lok Sabha polls

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set a target of 35 seats in Bihar in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, only days after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) split with the National Democratic Alliance.

On Tuesday, the Bihar BJP Core Committee met at the party headquarters in Delhi, in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the party’s national president JP Nadda.

Sanjay Jaiswal, BL Santosh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sahnawaz Hussain, Mangal Pandey, Janak Ram, Nand Kishore Yadav, and many more leaders attended the meeting on Tuesday.

After the meeting, Jaiswal said, “the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar is an alliance of deceiving the people. BJP will fight against it from the street to the state Assembly. The part has set the target of winning 35 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.”

“The meeting of Bihar Core Committee was held today in the presence of President JP Nadda ji and Union Home Minister Amit Shah ji. There has been a very thorough and detailed discussion on all the issues. It is well known that this coalition betrays the people and this is a backdoor alliance which is trying to re-establish Lalu Raj,” he added.

In the 2024 general elections, the BJP, according to Jaiswal, would make a record by capturing more than 35 seats in Bihar.

Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha seats, with the BJP currently holding 17 and the JD(U) holding 16. Furthermore, the Lok Janshakti Party has six seats, while the Congress has one.

Earlier on Tuesday, 31 ministers were admitted into the Bihar cabinet from various parties affiliated with the state’s Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance.

Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Ministers at Raj Bhavan here.

The RJD received 16 cabinet positions, while the Janata Dal (United) received 11.

Two Congress members, one from Jitin Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha, and Sumit Kumar Singh, the lone Independent MLA, were also sworn in as cabinet ministers.

From the RJD, Tej Pratap Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav’s brother, Samir Kumar Mahaseth, Chandrashekhar, Kumar Sarvajeet, Lalit Yadav, Surendra Prasad Yadav, Ramanand Yadav, Jitendra Kumar Rai, Anita Devi and Sudhakar Singh, and Alok Mehta took the oath.

Congress members Afaque Alam and Murari Lal Gautam were sworn in as ministers, as was Hindustani Awam Morcha politician Santosh Suman.

The Bihar cabinet, including the Chief Minister, can contain up to 36 ministers. According to insiders, several ministerial vacancies would be kept unfilled for future cabinet growth.

Earlier this month, Nitish Kumar broke away from the BJP and established a coalition government with the RJD and other parties. On August 10, the Chief Minister and his deputy, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, took the oath of office.

The Bihar Grand Alliance has a total of 163 members. Its effective strength increased to 164 as Independent MLA Sumit Kumar Singh backed Nitish Kumar. On August 24, the new administration is expected to win a majority in the Bihar legislature.

The National Democratic Alliance won 125 seats in Bihar’s 2020 Assembly elections, with the BJP winning 74 of them, the Janata Dal (United) of Nitish Kumar 43, the Vikassheel Insaan Party 4 and the Hindustan Awaam Party (Secular) 4. This moved the NDA slightly above the 122-majority threshold required to establish a government.

In contrast, the RJD and its allies had gained 110 seats. With 75 members, the RJD was the single-largest party, while Congress received just 19 votes. The Left parties won 16 of the 29 seats they contested, with the CPI (ML-Liberation) taking 12 of them. Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM won five seats in the state’s Seemanchal region.

The National Democratic Alliance won 125 seats in Bihar’s 2020 Assembly elections, with the BJP winning 74 of them, the Janata Dal (United) of Nitish Kumar 43, the Vikassheel Insaan Party 4 and the Hindustan Awaam Party (Secular) 4. This moved the NDA slightly above the 122-majority threshold required to establish a government.

In contrast, the RJD and its allies had gained 110 seats. With 75 members, the RJD was the single-largest party, while Congress received just 19 votes. The Left parties won 16 of the 29 seats they contested, with the CPI (ML-Liberation) taking 12 of them. Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM won five seats in the state’s Seemanchal region.

Four of its MLAs have switched to the RJD.

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